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AR42 St Francis Bay Bridge (Old)


Arkansas Route 42 St. Francis Bay Ditch Bridge 1966

View northwest of the Arkansas Route 42 bridge (Bridge No. 2011) over Cross County Ditch (St Francis Bay Ditch), January 19, 1966

Paul G. McKinney USACE Memphis District Photo 60897 Jan 19, 1966


BH Photo #329586


This 180' 3" 7-panel pin connected Pratt through truss is believed to have been built originally for the Missouri Pacific Railway - its original location and fabricator remain unknown. It was acquired by the Williamsville Greenville & St Louis Railway in 1908 and was moved and then re-erected by the Crebo Construction Co of Kansas City at the W G & St L railway crossing on the St Francis River below Greenville in Wayne County Missouri. A photo of the newly re-erected bridge appears on the front page of the Sunday February 18, 1909 Wayne County Journal Banner newspaper. After the W G & St L and its successor the Ozark Valley Railway went bankrupt in 1918 the bridge was abandoned. It was acquired by the Missouri Highway Department in 1930 for use in place by US Route 67, which was then realigned over the abandoned railway ROW. In 1930-31 the S J Cohen Construction Co under contract with the Missouri Highway Department built new concrete highway approaches to the bridge and reinforced the south pier. The St Louis Structural Steel Co. widened the truss 6'. From 1931-1941 the widened railroad span carried US Route 67 across the St Francis River at Greeville Missouri. Following construction of the Wappapello Dam - a new bridge (J21R) was needed on US Route 67 at a higher elevation. Built upstream from J21 - that new bridge - J21R - opened in December 1941. The USACE then had this bridge dismantled and match marked. The Corps of Engineers stored the dismantled span for several years and then in 1944 moved it to Cross County Arkansas were it was re-erected by J. P. McNulty of Pine Bluff Arkansas on State Route 42 over the St Francis Bay Ditch (aka. Cross County Ditch). The eastern approach to the bridge was washed out by a flood in January 1966.


Pratt through truss bridge over St. Francis Bay Ditch on AR 42
Cross County, Arkansas
Moved and reerected here in 1944-45, Replaced 1970
- Crebo Construction Co. of Kansas City, Missouri (1908 Re-erectors)
- George W. Condon Construction Co. of Omaha, Nebraska (Dismantlers)
- J.P. McNulty of Pine Bluff, Arkansas (1944 Re-erectors)
- S.J. Cohen Construction Co. of Blytheville, Arkansas (Wideners)
- St. Louis Structural Steel Co. of St. Louis, Missouri (Wideners)
Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 180.8 ft.
Total length: 350.0 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Also called
Arkansas Highway Department Bridge No. 2011
Route 42 Cross County Ditch Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.36071, -90.65004   (decimal degrees)
35°21'39" N, 90°39'00" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/713512/3915580 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
Arkansas Highway Department Bridge No. 2011
Missouri Highway Department Bridge J21
BH 45377 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 14, 2021: New photos from Nathan Holth
  • November 30, 2016: New photo from Rusty Weisman
  • June 18, 2015: New photo from Rusty Weisman
  • June 16, 2015: New photo from Rusty Weisman
  • May 23, 2010: Added by David Backlin

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